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Village Wedding Attended By Dozens Of Top Pols, Quinn Was Advocate Of NY Equality Bill
By Nathan James
Fully embracing the legislation that made it possible, New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn married her partner of a decade, Kim Catullo, in a High Line Stage ceremony in her home district of Greenwich Village.
The high-profile wedding was attended by political luminaries of both parties, from all over the city and state Saturday evening, including Governor Andrew Cuomo, Mayor Michael Bloomberg, US Senators Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, Attorney General Eric Scneiderman, and the author of New York’s gay marriage law, Senator Tom Duane. Of the wedding, Duane said, “I started to tear up on the way over here. It’s just beautiful.”
Quinn served under Duane during his term in the City Council, and succeeded him when he went on to statewide office. Appearing in a shimmering white wedding dress, the Speaker beamed as she was escorted down the aisle by her father to the music of Beyonce, followed by a pantsuit-wearing Catullo, whose father proudly escorted her to the altar.
In many ways, the wedding of Quinn is seen as the culmination of the fight for marriage equality in New York State, and a bellwether indication of legislation yet to come. ”We’ve waited so long for this day,” said Quinn, “I’m happy beyond words.”
Coming as it does so soon after President Obama’s endorsement of gay marriage on ABC-TV, the union of such a high-level official is seen in both parties as an image-enhancer for the term-limited Quinn, who is the Democratic front-runner in the upcoming mayoral race. Even likely Republican rival, Police Commissioner Ray Kelly, was in attendance at the nuptials, an indicator of Quinn’s popularity among both elected and electorate.
The happy couple basked in the limelight of their first moments as newlyweds, then the women adjourned to a more private retreat.